Card: 2014 Topps Heritage #181
Nick Christiani is originally from Linden, New Jersey. He pitched in 13 MLB games over two years (2013, 2014) for the Cincinnati Reds.
Nick the Gatorade New Jersey High School Player of the Year in 2005. He attended Seton Hall Prep before moving onto Vanderbilt University where he would play for the Commodores. In 2007, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and returned to the league in 2008 to play for the Brewster Whitecaps.
Nick began his career with the Reds in the 2010 season and spent 2010, 2011, 2012, and the beginning of 2013 in the minors. Notably, he was tied for second in the International League in games pitched, three shy of leader Fernando Cabrera in 2012.
He made his debut on August 23rd, against the Milwaukee Brewers, relieving Alfredo Simon with one on, two out and a 6-3 deficit in the top of the 8th. He walked Norichika Aoki on four pitches, then got Jean Segura to pop out. In the top of the 9th, he got Jonathan Lucroy, Logan Schafer and Jeff Bianchi in order, Schafer on a strikeout; Jack Hannahan batted for him in the bottom half.
Christiani ultimately made 3 appearances that year (2.25 ERA in 4 innings), then made the team out of spring training in 2014, stumbling to a 5.54 ERA before a demotion in May. Nick was designated for assignment on August 2, 2014. He was outrighted on August 6, and stayed in the Reds minor league system until he was released on June 21, 2017.
Nick is part of the Born in New Jersey Tour – Go To The Next Stop
Nick is part of the Cincinnati Reds Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop
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